I created a “Patrol Board” at our headquarters some time ago. It has buttons that, when clicked, put a clickable link in local chat that will take the user to frequently-visited patrol locations. While I was updating the list of Infohubs and Welcome Areas, changing PG to General and Mature to Moderate, I visited each location to make sure the rating hadn’t changed. I started noticing some advertising in some of the Infohubs, so I went back to each one to write some Abuse Reports.
When arriving in one of the affected Infohubs (right next to the sign that says “No Selling”), someone instantly tried to give me a landmark. When I refused it, that refusal came up in local chat (to become part of the AR capture screen). Then after I was in the sim for a few minutes, an avatar standing nearby would post this in local chat:
Amazing Dances: .
Cool Dance Animations!
For Club and Fun!
Feel Free to Come ans Try!
??????? ????? ??? ?????? ? ???????! (Cyrillic text)
????? ?? 49L$
Here were the affected Infohubs where I wrote Abuse Reports with the following description “Resident is wearing an “Amazing Dances” object that offers a notecard and spams an advertisement in local chat. This has been going on in several of the Welcome Areas and Infohubs.”
- Selling in the Boardroom Infohub – unrealfire Resident
- Selling in the Braunworth Infohub – npudypok Resident
- Selling in the Calleta Infohub – vasjanoob Resident
- Selling in the Zebrasil Infohub – BpeDuHa Resident
After I got partway through the list of sims, I noticed something peculiar enough to make me go back and start through the list from the beginning. There were “Searchman” avatars in several places. In fact, there were more Searchmen than there were salesman. Here’s what I found:
- Ambat – Searchman2 and Searchman13
- Bear – Searchman6 and Searchman10
- Hau Koda – Searchman5
- Helfell – Searchman8
- Hyannisport – Searchman11
- Hyles – Searchman4 and Searchman18
- Isabel – Searchman9
- Redazillion (underwater, not near land) – Searchman12
- Waterhead – Searchman19
The Searchman avatars were always a cloud, never a human wearing clothing. By watching the radar and visiting the Infohubs, I managed to find 12 of the 19 serialized accounts.
I didn’t check them all, but one account I noticed was more than a year old and was a member of at least three groups. But what is their purpose, and who is responsible for them? Does anyone know?